The Wordy Shipmates
In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Assassination Vacation "brings the [Puritan] era wickedly to life" (Washington Post). To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it should mean. What she discovers is something far... show more
In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Assassination Vacation "brings the [Puritan] era wickedly to life" (Washington Post). To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it should mean. What she discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoebuckles- and-corn reputation might suggest-a highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty people, whose story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. Vowell takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.
Publish date: October 7th 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, American History
In The Wordy Shipmates we are shown that the Puritan’s life was not Thanksgiving every day. They fought with the Indians,they fought the British and they fought with each other. I found I liked The Wordy Shipmates near the end where she describes a trip with her niece and nephew to Boston. During ...
"Let us thank God for having given us such Mayflower picks up at the exact moment Wordy Shipmates leaves off; Philbrick isn't as easy to read, but his history is much more clearly laid out.(It also suffers in comparison to Tony Horwitz, who - in books like A Voyage Long and Strange - combines Vowell...
Oh, Sarah Vowell. I've now finished reading all that she has written, and The Wordy Shipmates makes me wish that weren't the case. Her books--and this one in particular, which most closely echoes Assassination Vacation--validates the dorky history nerd inside me. Vowell also understands the allure o...
Why do Americans think they are "exceptional", leading to right-the-world campaigns, a recent example being the war in Iraq? Sarah Vowel thinks it stems from Henry VIII's fickle affections for his wives and the Puritans, exemplified by John Winthrop's 1630 sermon "A Model of Christian Charity" in w...
Sarah Vowell. I love her. She has a great voice one that I could listen to for hours. I thoroughly enjoyed her as Violet in the wonderful movie "The Incredibles" and when she does her thing on NPR's "This American Life," which is quite often. I felt lucky I was able to snag an audio version of th...